Of learning and testing

Mindless testing of the young to improve K-12 education is the rage these days, at least in Ohio.  It is like measuring snakes with a straight edge.  Sure, you will get some numbers.  But are they meaningful?  This video about learning and passing tests from two species (crows and monkeys), should be an eye opener to those who have bet the educational farm on testing as the sole way to assess and improve education.  The big lesson:  Every child learns differently depending on his/her experiences.  The time for individualized testing, like personalized medicine,  has come.

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